If you love video games but hate your Cable Bill, it’s time to take a look at PS4
When it comes to streaming devices, most people prefer using something like the Amazon Fire TV or the Roku. However, you don’t have to use Roku or Amazon if you don’t want to. One of the great things about living in the 21st century is that a lot of our technology serves multiple purposes. These days, you could use just about anything to cut the cord; your phone, your laptop, and even your gaming console.
In fact, gaming consoles are becoming an increasingly popular choice for the modern cord cutter. One console that really excels as a cord cutting streaming device is the Playstation 4 (PS4). Today we’re going to take a look at the PS4 and show you how you can use it to cut the cord and kill the cable bill! Let’s get started!
PlayStation 4 Streaming
One of the biggest disadvantages to the PS4 was that it couldn’t stream media from a computer or USB stick like the Xbox. Luckily for cord cutters, Playstation finally updated its media player and put it up on the PSN back in June.
Simply titled “Media Player,” this updated app will now allow you to stream content from a USB stick or from PC/Media server of your choice. In addition to being able to stream from your PC/USB Stick, you can now also download the media center Plex; making the integration of your media library even easier.
Widespread Streaming Support
Naturally, the PS4 supports all of the major streaming applications. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go; you name it and it’s on the PlayStation. In addition to supporting the more popular streaming applications, you’re also able to stream from a fair selection of niche applications as well.
For example, if you’re an anime fan the PS4 supports the application Crunchy Roll; which allows you to stream the latest anime within an hour of airing in Japan. It costs $7 a month and is a must have for anyone that’s a fan of animation from the land of the rising sun.
There’s also the free streaming service Crackle. Crackle delivers to you free movies, television, and a bevy of original content to you for free (including Joe Dirt 2… That’s right, they made a sequel).
There’s no commitment, subscriptions, or obligations involved. As far as selection goes, it won’t be quite as extensive as Netflix; but it’s hard to deny the value of a 100 percent free streaming service.
If you want to rent or purchase new movies without leaving your home, then VUDU will be perfect for you. VUDU has all the latest movies and shows available on demand; for a price of course.
For the most part, television seasons will range between $20-$40 depending on picture definition and new movies will range between $15-$20; which is more or less what you can expect when purchasing digital content.
As for the unit, PS4 costs around $400. Click here to see Amazon’s current pricing.
Finally; if you live in the New York, Chicago, Dallas, LA, Miami, Philidelphia, or San Francisco then you might want to give a look at PlayStation’s newest streaming service called Vue. PlayStation Vue works a lot like Sling TV in that you can stream live television from your console for a monthly fee.
At $50 a month you get 50+ live television channels as well as some DVR-like features. You can also upgrade packages to include more channels if you like. The price tag and number of channels is a big turn off for most cord cutters, but if you want a cable-like experience without all of the lousy customer service or commitments Vue may be worth considering.
“…ultimately, because packages start at $49 for 45 channels you may or may not want to watch, you might end up overpaying for content. Also, keep in mind that at least four or five of those channels are available over-the-air for free with a digital tuner and antenna.” Nick Pino of Tech Radar
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All in all there’s a lot to love about the PlayStation 4 when it comes to streaming. There’s a wide selection of apps which can deliver a wide variety of content and for the content that it misses, you can always stream from your PC or USB stick. But in my opinion, if you love gaming and you’re thinking of cutting the cord, PS4 may be just what you are looking for. However, if you are not into Video Games, then the price point on the streaming services is a bit too much to justify.
Is Sling TV or PlayStation Vue a Better Option for Cord Cutters? Read to find out: SLING TV VS PLAYSTATION VUE – A TELEVISION STREAMING BATTLE ROYAL.
What are your favorite apps for the PS4? Sound off in the comments below!